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Season 1 - Episode 8

Core Intervention

5 min - Practice


Nikki guides us in a quick intervention practice of various mudras to remind us to come back to a sense of self and help us remember who we are.
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Jul 04, 2017
Hatha, Karma
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Hello and welcome everyone. This little brief segment that we are about to do is yet another of the interventions. This particular intervention is around core. So the sense of reclaiming our sense of self. And the interventions are just little tools, little tools that we can use at times when we may feel a little nervous system dysregulated, which happens to everyone from time to time. So this particular tool the ancients gave us are mudras. And mudras are positions of the body, mostly the fingers and hands that have an effect on our energies and hints have an effect on our mood. So we want to introduce to you just a couple of these. Well, actually five of them that we're going to introduce to you that hopefully you'll be able to use in your daily life. So mudras allow us using this external piece of our hands to get inside of our brains. And that's amazing. And it's amazing that the ancients knew that some 5,000 years ago. So the mudras that I have found that have been just extremely useful for me in everyday life situations off the mat and when I'm into my life are the ones that I want to show you today. So they start with chin. So this is called the chin mudra. And it's just a simple gesture. You can often just allow the back of the hands to rest very gently on the thighs with the palms up the tip of the index finger and the tip of the thumb touch. Now here the ancients said again, depending on which lineage and which system that you look at all the digits have a representation. And one of them says that the tip of the index finger that the index finger is a whole represents individual consciousness or small as self or self will. The thumb represents universal consciousness big as self or what I call God will. And when the tip of the index finger and tip of the thumb touch and I just gently close my eyes and just bring my awareness there. Something happens that in most a lot of times will allow emerging emerging. I say my will and God will merging so that I'm not off into what we often talk in program self will run riot. I make a sense to come back home come back in to my own sense of self. So this one's proven to be extremely useful for me and for many that I've talked to over the years. Another one simply is the flip side of that. So I take the hands rather than allowing them to be palm up. I bring them palm down. And when that happens that's called Yana Muja. Yana Muja is useful when there's something like many times from an educational perspective or knowledge perspective that I want to receive. So it represents receiving something useful into the system. So that one again has been very helpful for me. Another one that is a representation of wholeness is called the mandala mudra. So you bring the left hand underneath the right hand sits on top the fingers point toward opposite wrist and then very gently you bring the tip of the thumbs to touch. And when we do this this just brings us back to the sense of wholeness that we truly are that we truly are. Right. We oftentimes allow fragmentations to occur. When that happens a way to come back or a representation to start to bring us back into feeling a sense of wholeness is the mandala mudra. Another one of my favorites very quickly is the Hakini mudra. I call this my nickname for it is my dentist office mudra. Right. When I'm in the dentist office boy does my nervous system get dysregulated. I use this this one when I'm in the dental chair to bring me back to a sense of calm. So it's one of those that jazz offers a sense of calm and you just bring the tips of the fingers together on the two hands and the tip of the thumb together and just allow that to sit in very softly. Close your eyes. Focus in on the calm that it brings. And then lastly one more. This one is called the mudra of freedom. It's called Padma Padma the Lotus mudra. It represents freedom. It represents a sense of freedom. Right. I love using this mudra when I think about the sense of freedom that recovery has offered me just the new sense of being able really to live in who I truly am. So so grateful to offer you these mudras as a way just within our daily lives to bring back our sense of self bring back that sense of core reclaiming who it is that we are. Thank you.


Abby P
1 person likes this.
Loved this video...I've been wanting to explore and learn more about the Mudras! Thank you for this simple and useful video.
Kira Sloane
Dearest Abby, so glad you are here. You might also investigate Mudra Medicine. xok
Michaela F
thank you Nikki iv always wanted to learn some mudras!
Glenford N
Thanks Nikki. Wisdom teaching for myself my daughter and friends. Namaste.

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